Cardinal Life

Campus Ministry

Pope St. John Paul II

It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society.
The goal of JPII Campus Ministry and Catholic Identity is to cultivate, inspire, and equip the students to live their call to holiness and lifelong missionary discipleship in today’s world. Our vibrant culture of service is demonstrated through our participation in the social mission of the Church and our emergence as a leader in Catholic youth ministry in the greater Collin County area.
A school grounded in the Catholic tradition, we strive to support the spiritual formation of all members of the JPII community in a manner that is both inviting and respectful of each person’s faith tradition and personal experience. As such, Campus Ministry programs are open to persons of all faiths and denominations. The Office of Campus Ministry and Catholic Identity oversees or is responsible for the Community Service Program, Retreats, school-wide prayer, major events celebrating the schools Catholic Identity, and the coordination of sacramental and liturgical celebrations on campus, including daily mass, all school mass, penance services, and eucharistic adoration.
Chaplain Father Stephen Ingram

We are pleased and grateful that Father Stephen Ingram, Parochial Vicar of Prince of Peace Catholic Community serves as our school Chaplain.

Father Stephen grew up in Austin in a small Catholic parish that was founded the year he was born. He attended Catholic schools in Austin from 1st grade through high school. In his parish and school, he sang in the choir and served as an altar server and sacristan.

In 2005, he moved to Richardson to attend the University of Texas at Dallas, where he earned an engineering degree. During his college years, he served at All Saints in youth ministry, where he grew closer to Christ through prayer and service. In Eucharistic adoration one evening, the Spirit of God called him into the seminary, where he discovered his vocation to the priesthood and a zeal for teaching the Word of God and the richness of our Christian faith.

Father Stephen was ordained in Dallas by Bishop Burns in May 2018. Prince of Peace community is his first parish as a priest. In his time serving this community, he has seen the amazing ways in which God is active in our parish, transforming hearts and minds through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

I pray that we may all be instruments of God's loving Providence, sharing his blessings with the world." - Father Stephen
    • Father Stephen Ingram

Campus Ministry Staff

Mr. Nicholas Brandt, M.Ed.
Director of Campus Ministry and Catholic Identity
nicholasbrandt@johnpauliihs.org

Joining JPII in the summer of 2021, Mr. Brandt is in charge of leading all spiritual initiatives for students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni.  These include retreats, masses, prayer services, spiritual guidance, and other special events that foster love of God and His creation.

Mr. Brandt grew up in Dallas where he attended St. Patrick Catholic School and later Cistercian Preparatory School.  He attended the University of Notre Dame where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and the Program of Liberal Studies.  After graduating, he joined the Alliance for Catholic Education where he earned a Master’s in Education and served for two years as a Middle School Language Arts Teacher and drama club director in Atlanta, Georgia.  In his seven years at Bishop Dunne he directed the Theater program, worked in admissions, and taught various courses in Speech, Theater, and Religion.  Mr. Brandt is one of the recipients of the Work of Heart Award for excellence in Catholic Education during his time at Bishop Dunne.

He has been in Catholic Education all his life: 18 years as a student, and 10 years as a faculty/staff member.  He loves being a part of the Holy Spirit’s mission to make disciples, and he has a special devotion to Pope St. John Paul II.  In his past work, he redesigned the retreat program and created a Peer Ministry program at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas, TX.  He frequently speaks at conferences and parish events on various topics about the faith.  He also runs a small Catholic theater ministry called Genesian Ministries in his spare time.

Mr. Brandt and his wife Kathryn are the proud parents of their first born child, Josephine Rose, as of July.  His favorite hobbies are playing sports and board games, cooking, watching the Dallas Stars and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and traveling.
    • Director of Campus Ministry and Catholic Identity

      Mr. Nicholas Brandt

John Paul II High School